Steve Jobs gave a talk to Stanford University students graduating. In that talk he said that looking back he could now see connections between different events on his life path . At the earlier event he had no idea the particular passions or interests would be useful further down the road, he was just doing what he loved. The example he gave was attending Calligraphy class at college and then using that learning ten years later on building the Mac.He called these events or passions dots.
In response to this, I have drawn out my own path of dots so far. The result is not really what I expected yet it is what I should have expected. Here are all the things I have been passionate about in a rough chronological order.
- Den building
- Climbing trees
- Being outside dawn til dusk – nature
- Folk song Raggle Taggle Gypsy
- Stories, poetry, books, reading
- Spirituality/healing/alternative medicine
- Biographical storytelling
- Mystical traditions
- Natural ways of living
- Empowerment / freedom / change
- Environmental issues / recycling / leave no trace
- Change / Improvement / Communication – telling it as it is
- Music / festivals
- Travel, exploring
- Wild camping
Seeing these ‘dots’ my Photography starts to make a more sense. I would challenge any one to look at my portfolio and not see these ‘dots’ reflected back. Themes of nature, mysticism, exploration and life stories are everywhere.
Thank you Steve Jobs, for bringing it all together.
Growing up my mum used to sing Karen Carpenter around the house. She had other repertoire but Rainy Days and Mondays was regularly on the playlist. Singing was a regular way of her going about her business.
Often my brother, sister and I would join in at some point unaware of this special therapy. Still today I can’t hear many songs from that time without thinking of Mum and her housework karaoke.
My mum had us quite young, but even so there is a generational difference when it comes to vocalising issues that trouble us. My generation and younger appears to be more vocal in our unhappiness. I am sure that is not entirely a bad thing, this blog itself is a form of that vocalisation after all.
Is it possible that talking about what troubles us could well become like the four yorkshire men sketch Monty Python. I think there is potential for forgetting many wonderful things in our lives focussing too much on the bleak.
A ray of light in dark times will also be to think about the silver linings, counting blessings, as well as offering empathy a friend would ask positive open questions. These things might help keep the balance. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think it is about denying the bad things happen but having realistic positivity at the same time. Sometimes there really is no room for positivity, and that is ok too.
As I go silently this next few days I will try harder to keep a balance. As Karen Carpenter sings, we’ve been here before and we will be here again!
Red ribbons were handed out by dancers from the Aim to Dance and Create organisation who wore different shades of red and orange. It was a colourful and vibrant affair aimed at stopping violence to women and girls around the world.
Violence against women is most often hidden from public view and so deep set within cultures. Where it is seen it is sometimes normalised, it works on many levels.
A wonderful and a big thank you to the organisers for putting on a wonderful campaign. Next year I would welcome a chance to come and photograph this special event of this very worthy cause.
Love and Peace x